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Bach: Partitas For Unaccompanied Violin No 1-3 / Milstein


Release Date: 09/08/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 66870   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Great violinists have always been drawn to the partitas and sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, many of them recording the works several times in their careers. Jascha Heifitz, Yehudi Menuhin, and Nathan Milstein have all essayed the Bach partitas throughout their illustrious careers. It's no wonder this music attracts musicians; it's filled with deep emotion, technical brilliance and boundless invention. Bach composed the works in 1720 at the age of 35, when he had assimilated the energetic Italian style of Vivaldi and the elegant French dance forms of Couperin. The partitas represent the pinnacle of solo music for the instrument.
This recording by Milstein was produced from sessions that took place in the 1950s. Milstein's Bach is not
Read more for early-music purists or those who prefer an analytical approach to the music. Milstein plays with passion and stunning virtuosity. His double stopping in the "Preludio" to the Partita No. 3 is glorious and a high point of the disc. Milstein was very much the poet, and the profundity he brings to the famous "Chaconne" in the Partita No. 2 is legendary. This is essential listening. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/06/1956 
Venue:  Capitol 46th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 18 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1954 
Venue:  Capitol 46th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 22 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/28/1955 
Venue:  Capitol 46th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 16 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Allemanda
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Double (Presto)
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Corrente
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Double
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): V. Sarabande
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): VI. Double
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): VII. Bouree
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): VIII. Double
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Allemande
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Courante
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Sarabande
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Gigue
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1998 Digital Remaster): V. Chaconne
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Preludio
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Loure
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Gavotte en rondeau
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Menuets I & II
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): V. Bourrée
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): VI. Gigue

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